Internal BP Audit Showed Shortcoming Before Blow-up of Rig

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
August 09, 2010 /

An internal audit by BP had shown safety issues cropping up with its drilling rig, 7 months before the accident occurred. The drilling rig belonging to BP blew up in the Gulf of Mexico In April this year. The revelation about the shortcomings pointed out by the internal audit has been reported in The Sunday Times.

The internal audit highlighted cases of a lengthy maintenance log and severe safety shortcomings. It also revealed that there were 390 maintenance tasks that were due for over a month on the Deepwater Horizon Rig, which was the oil rig that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico.

The internal audit also found out that senior managers were at a dearth, which was detrimental to whether the rig performed properly or not.

The Sunday Times also revealed that the internal audit showed that the contractor of the rig, Transocean, was the owner of the rig when it blew up and he was responsible for employing most of the employees at that time.

BP is currently in the process of denying that it was negligence on the company’s part that the oil rig blew up early this year.

Last month saw BP booking a provision of $32.2bn (£20.2bn) in order to cover the cost of the oil spill that has threatened to disrupt marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. This has reportedly been the worst quarterly loss seen by the British corporate sector.

The internal audit had also showed that an annual safety and health plan for the employees was not in place.

Contractor Transocean has reportedly said that all items found critical in the internal audit was addressed to immediately and a third-party audit firm found the rig to be “in good condition” in April 2010, “just days before the incident”.


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